10 Thoughtful Ideas for Mother-of-the-Bride and Mother-of-the-Groom Gifts
Thank your mom or soon-to-be mother-in-law for all of their wedding help with these sweet, thoughtful gifts, from monogrammed robes to personalized wedding handkerchiefs.
Personalized robe photos and "getting ready" shots have become a popular request in addition to more formal wedding portraits, but if you’re getting married in the summer, don’t order thick robes for your crew. You’ll all be a sweaty mess. Silk and satin robes breathe much better than cotton waffle robes. We love these lightweight "mother of the bride" and "mother of the groom" robes from online maker Our Love Story Co.
Buy It: Etsy, $28.00
Framed photographs are always a thoughtful gift. We love these elegant (and pun-tastic) mother-of-pearl frames from Pottery Barn. You could include a photograph of you and mom when you were a kid or wait until after the wedding and frame your favorite portrait of her from the big day.
Buy It: Pottery Barn, $59.00-$89.00
Pressed Flower Bracelet
Pink carnations are said to represent a mother’s love so any gift with this motif is a thoughtful choice. We love these dainty, pink pressed floral bracelets from online maker Chikarins House. The flower used is actually a Sweet Alyssum but looks just like a teeny, tiny carnation.
Buy It: Etsy, $29.99
Don’t forget to thank your soon-to-be mother-in-law on the big day. These calligraphy-style cards from online maker Marrygrams feature 20 different color choices for envelopes so you can match the notes to your wedding colors.
Buy It: Etsy, $6.50
A personalized wedding handkerchief is definitely old school, but we like it because it is. The gift is great for happy tears during a wedding ceremony and it’s the perfect sentimental keepsake as you can include thoughtful embroidered notes or designs. We love this retro-inspired lace handkerchief from online maker Linen Whites because you have the option to include a traditional monogram.
Buy It: Etsy, $39.95
For Southern moms, this necklace says it all. When you wrap it, include a sweet note thanking your mama for all of her love and support. It’s sure to make her smile. This dainty necklace is available in yellow gold, white gold and rose gold.
Buy It: Etsy, $132 - $272
If you’re having a casual, outdoor wedding, this pearl stretch bracelet is low-key but still timeless. It’s the perfect alternative to more formal "mother of the brid" corsages--especially if you’re having a beach wedding. We love the tiny blue tassel and gold bead details.
Buy It: Anthropologie, $15.00
Silk Travel Set
If you’re having a destination wedding, welcome mom with an amenity kit. This silk travel set from Slip features a luxurious silk sleep mask and pillow. Silk is the perfect material to combat jet lag because it’s hypoallergenic, cooling and prevents wrinkles.
Buy It: Anthropologie, $119.00
While robes that say "Mother of the Bride" or "Bridesmaid" are cute for Instagram photos, they’re not really practical after the wedding. If you want to gift mom something she can use every day, this luxe linen robe is a solid choice. You can even personalize it with a monogram for an additional $10.
Buy It: Pottery Barn, $99.00
Not every mom wants preppy, monogrammed stuff. We love these modern agate coasters with one golden script initial. It’s personalized. It’s fancy. But it feels more hip than dowdy.
Buy It: Anthropologie, $16.00
If your mom is helping you get ready on the big day, this personalized hanger from online maker Hanging With the Bride is a thoughtful addition that will make her feel so special. Plus, it looks really cute in those "getting ready" photos. "Mother of the Groom" hangers are available, too.
Buy It: Etsy, $25.90
Never heard of Alex and Ani bracelets? This collectible jewelry line has a cult following and for good reason. Instead of heavy charm bracelets, Alex and Ani bangles feature one charm. The bracelets are lightweight and stackable so you can create customized bundles. And there are charms to celebrate everything, from graduations to sports teams to weddings. This charm says "mother of the bride" or "mother of the groom" on the back, and the front says "I pass the torch."
Buy It: Amazon, $28
Mother of the Bride Slippers
If you’re still stumped on what to get the MOB and MOG and you’re running out of time, you can’t go wrong with these personalized slippers. They’re perfect for making your mom feel special on the big day while she gets ready. And if you have Amazon Prime, they ship for free in two days.
Buy It: Amazon, $19.99